South Florida can really come up with some doozy names. Most people just call it STA 3/4. I spent about 3 hours biking around the levee system and saw 3 new year birds and took a couple of nice pictures.
The Public Use part of the above name means that our wonderful Florida Government allows hunting on all of our natural areas. What this means is you can’t get within 1000 yds of 95% of the birds. They have been shot at so many times that even as I approach slowly on my bike they flee to the other end of the impoundment.
I was fortunate enough to sort of sneak up on these Spoonbills.
and these Long-billed Dowitchers.
New birds for the day were this beautiful Peregrine Falcon and
this Female Northern Pintail.
The last species I photographed today was the Northern Bobwhite. I flushed the same covy two or three times and while I got an IDable image of them it’s not good enough for even my blog standards!
I also photographed a Purple Swamphen this morning. This is another of the species that is breeding in South Florida but is not yet countable. So the 3 new birds puts my year total at 136 species photographed in Palm Beach County this year! Thanks for dropping by!